So, What is

Mindfulness .... ??

If you're always rushing to the next moment,

  

what happens to the one you are in ??

Take a moment, y'know that one you're rushing into, well, just for a second; use it, reflect on it and save it.

Remember it's just a moment, so it wont take long.

Tell me, what did you see, what did you notice ?

If you have no idea what we're talking about

then you are in need of MINDFULNESS.

Let me explain  . . . . .

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Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a very simple way of controlling stress, little known in the West until recently.

 

Mindfulness is a practice that individuals and groups can do on a day-to-day basis. It can enable people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences, especially stressful experiences.
 
As a mind-body approach, it can increase our ability to manage difficult situations, and enable you to make better or wise choices.    In todays society it can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much.  Before you read any more, or we go on any further; let's take a second !  Stop and look around you. If you can think about the last time you saw something nice, a sunset, a view, a baby doing something 'cute' think about "that moment"  because in "that moment" you stopped ! You took notice ! You came out of "auto pilot" and you 'observed you were aware, you observed, etc . . .  you were 'Mindfull' !  All you have to do now is control your 'Mindfulness' and use it in everyday life, and don't continue your life on 'auto-pilot' !!

   
A growing body of evidence has found that when people intentionally practice being mindful they feel less stressed, anxious and depressed, with the UK Government’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommending MBCT for the treatment of recurrent depression. Research also shows positive effects on several aspects of whole-person health, including the mind, the brain, the body, and behaviour, as well as a person’s relationships with others.

Over time, mindfulness brings about long-term changes in mood and levels of happiness and wellbeing. Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness not only prevents depression, but that it also positively affects the brain patterns underlying day-to-day anxiety, stress, depression and irritability so that when they arise, they dissolve away again more easily. Other studies have shown that regular meditators see their doctors less often and spend fewer days in hospital. Memory improves, creativity increases and reaction times become faster.   So, as you can see so far,       all good stuff !?

 

BUT, what can Mindfulness do for YOU ?

  • Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves better. (Good Start)

  • When we become more aware of the present moment, we begin to experience afresh things that we have been taking for granted. ( so, keeping it going)

  • "Mindfulness also allows us to become more aware of the stream of thoughts and feelings that we experience,"  ( ah ha, now we're getting somewhere)

What is Mindfulness?

( and what's in it for me ?? )

 

  • Notice the 'everyday'


"Even as we go about our daily lives, we notice the sensations of things, the food we eat, the air moving past the body as we walk.  
All this may sound very small, but it has huge power to interrupt the 'autopilot' mode we often engage day to day, and help to give us new perspectives on your life."
This is just the beginning . . . . . . . ​There are various layers to 'Mindfulness' and it is not a "one size fits all" remedy for everyone.However, if you have taken the time to read this far it is obvious you are interested in, shall we say, freeing yourself!   So please book an introductory session

  • Learn to Meditate

Despite these proven benefits, however, many people are still a little wary when they hear the word ‘meditation’.

(yea, images of hippy like characters sitting cross leged chanting strange mantras)

So before we proceed, it might be helpful to dispel some myths:

 

  • Meditation - it's not a religion !

    • Mindfulness is simply a method of mental training. Many people who practise meditation are themselves religious, but then again, many atheists and agnostics are keen meditators too.

  • You don’t have to sit cross-legged on the floor (like the pictures you see in magazines or TV), but you can if you want to.

Most people who come to our classes sit on chairs to meditate, but you can also practise bringing 'mindful awareness' to whatever you are doing, say on buses, trains or just walking to work. You can "meditate" more or less anywhere. ( well  . . . as long as you know how )

  • Mindfulness practice does not take a lot of time, although some patience and persistence is required. ( best not to force it )

    • Many people soon find that meditation liberates them from the pressures of time, so they have more of it to spend on other things.

  • Meditation is not complicated, nor is it all about ‘success’ or ‘failure’. Even when meditation feels difficult, you’ll have at least learned something valuable about the workings of your mind and will have benefited psychologically.

  • It will not deaden your mind or prevent you from striving towards important career or lifestyle goals; nor will it trick you into falsely adopting a Pollyanna attitude to life.  ( trust me, everything in the garden is not bright and shiney!)

  • Meditation is not about accepting the unacceptable. It is about seeing the world with greater clarity so that you can take wiser and more considered action to change those things which need to be changed.

  • Meditation helps cultivate a deep and compassion- ate awareness that allows you to assess your goals and find the optimum path towards realising your deepest values.  ( as McFly said or rather sang: "it's all about you!", but it reflects on people aound you)

 

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